It was at the Q&A session after the launch of the Honda CB300R today that the company announced it would be switching to fuel injection across its entire range to meet the upcoming BS-VI emission regulations.
At present, Honda’s two-wheeler line-up comprises eight scooters and 16 bikes, of which, 18 models still use carburettors. The models include the entire scooter line-up powered by Honda’s 110 or 125cc motor, and bikes that are part of the 100-200cc range. While Honda didn't confirm if the switch would be made for bikes or scooters, its announcement suggests that all the models will move to FI.
Back in 2016, automobile manufacturers and fuel suppliers were caught off guard by the government’s announcement to skip BS-V emission regulations and bring forward the introduction of BS-VI norms to April 1, 2020. This means that no BS-IV bikes or cars can be made or sold in the country starting April 1, 2020.
One can expect these upcoming fuel-injected models to be slightly more expensive than the carburetted models. For reference, a fuel-injected Hero Glamour costs Rs 68,900, while a Hero Glamour with a carburettor is priced at Rs 62,700 (ex-showroom, Delhi). How the company plans to go about pricing its fuel-injected models remains to be seen.